Saturday, December 3

    Hornets play lights out at Grand Valley

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    Kirtland’s conference game at Grand Valley was cut short due to a stadium lights issue but the Hornets needed only that first half to dominate the Mustangs.

    Evan Dures scored three goals, Jason de Zwaan added a pair and Anand Sundararajan and Petar Mijic-Barisic both contributed with one.

    “The light situation was definitely not preferred and it made playing on the field more of a challenge,” de Zwaan said. “It took a lot of focus to spot the ball, so it was for sure a weird experience, but nothing we couldn’t handle.”

    Dures now has 10 goals and de Zwaan has 15 despite both missing time with injuries.

    “My first goal was a volley in the air from a ball that ricocheted off of someone. I placed it in the bottom left corner and the goalkeeper didn’t have enough time to save it,” de Zwaan said. “My second goal was a header. I was a foot above the other players in the box and with a great ball from Marco Valentic it wasn’t hard to put it in the back of the net.”

    Valentic recorded three assists while Dures and Vince Carriero each had one.

    With the win, the Hornets extended their winning streak to five straight games and are now 9-1-1 overall.

    “Our team is undoubtedly very talented this year and we have many options to score goals,” de Zwaan said. “Personally, I enjoy working with players at such high skill level and I’m excited to see where we’ll go.”

    Steve Hare
    The creator and publisher of, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for, a member of the network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. was created in 2004 and was a member of the network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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